July Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia, commonly known as crepe myrtle, is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs native to the Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, northern Australia, and parts of Oceania, cultivated in warmer climates around the world. It is very popular here in the southeastern USA in growing zones 6 to 10.

When I moved to my home back almost 11 years ago, I fell in love with the large crepe myrtle tree in the back yard. It has light pink flowers.  Behind my house is a fence and really huge trees in my neighbor’s yard.

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April Morning

The white frangipani (Plumeria alba) is a deciduous plumeria tree that is native to tropical areas. 

Magnolia grandiflora, Southern Magnolia, is a native of Florida and the southeastern U.S. It is one of the most widely grown trees in Florida and also one of the most widely cultivated Magnolias in the world. It is a large, stately, evergreen tree that can grow 30 to 80 feet tall with canopies spreading 30 to 50 feet wide.


Last week I went into the front yard one morning and examined the frangipani tree for leaves. Due to the late cold spells in March, they are very small.  In previous years, I ‘ve had frangipani blooms before the end of April.  With the temperatures in the 80’s, I’ll watch to see if they grow quickly.


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